Things you might have missed in the Rams' 49-21 loss to the Saints

Things you might have missed in the Rams' 49-21 loss to the Saints
Rams receiver Tavon Austin hauls in Jared Goff's first touchdown pass againt Saints defensive back B.W. Webb during the first quarter Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Here are some things you might have missed during the Rams' 49-21 loss to the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday:

First quarter


The Rams were flagged for excessive celebration  on Jared Goff's first career touchdown pass — 24 yards to Tavon Austin — but there should have been two penalties on the play. Benny Cunningham wasn't set before the snap, which the officials missed, but they did catch Kenny Britt miming a picture of Austin after the score.

Rams receivers were flagged three times in the quarter, once on each possession, for minus-30 yards.

Second quarter

Kenny Britt's six-yard touchdown catch was made possible by Brian Quick, who ran out of the slot and into the way of Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro as Britt ran a crossing route from the outside.

The Saints converted two fourth downs into touchdowns. The first came on a 10-yard run by Mark Ingram and the second a one-yard dive by Drew Brees.

After Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines momentarily left the game with an injury, Brees attacked his replacement, Lamarcus Joyner, with a deep pass intended for Michael Thomas. The pass was incomplete but drew a pass-interference call for a 24-yard gain. Eventually, Brees connected with Thomas, dropping a pass into his hands for a touchdown behind two defensive backs.

The 35 points the teams combined for the quarter were the most scored in a Rams game this season.

Goff's 167 yards passing in the first half were more than he had in his first game, and more than Case Keenum had against the New York Jets (165) in his last game as starter before being replaced by the rookie.

Third quarter

Goff's first career interception was preceded by an overthrown pass to Britt deep down the field, which could have ended with a touchdown. Instead, on the next play Goff targeted Lance Kendricks in double coverage and saw Vaccaro jump the route for the pick.

The Rams gave up five plays of greater than 20 yards in the third quarter.

Rams receiver Mike Thomas blew an opportunity to recover a muffed punt by the Saints' Tommylee Lewis on the 19-yard line at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter

The Saints also had a player throw his first NFL touchdown pass. Receiver Willie Snead, who played quarterback in high school, hit Tim Hightower with a 50-yard touchdown throw on a "double pass," the first pass was a long lateral from Brees.


The Rams failed to convert a third down in the second half.